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Denver Releases Energize Denver Benchmarking Ordinance 2017 Annual Report

Today, Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) released the Energize Denver Benchmarking Ordinance 2017 Annual Report, outlining the first year of data collected through the program.

The Energize Denver 2017 annual report found that reaching a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption in Denver could result in annual energy cost savings of a $82 million across 13 different large-building types.

The Energize Denver Benchmarking Ordinance began in 2017, after being passed by City Council in 2016. In this first year, Energize Denver saw a nearly 90 percent compliance rate, with Denver buildings averaging an ENERGY STAR score of 68.

The ordinance requires all buildings over 25,000 square feet to annually assess and report on energy performance using the EPA’s free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. In 2017, only buildings over 50,000 square feet were required to benchmark energy use. Buildings over 25,000 must start benchmarking by June 1, 2018.

The energy used in large buildings in Denver is currently equivalent to 57 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Energize Denver aims to improve the energy efficiency of large buildings 10 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030. Improving energy efficiency can be beneficial for the bottom lines of both building owners and occupants — and is critical to helping Denver reach its 80x50 Climate Goal, reducing Denver’s community greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

One example of this in Denver is 1720 S. Bellaire St., a building which boasted an ENERGY STAR score of 91 in 2016. Realizing more energy savings could be achieved, the building owners/operators undertook an energy savings project in 2017 that cut energy consumption by 30 percent.